PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth broke a 1-1 tie in the second half Wednesday afternoon to claim its first Little East Conference field hockey victory of the season, 2-1, over Plymouth State University at Arold Field.
The Panthers suffer their first loss of the season falling to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. The Corsairs improve to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the LEC. Both teams finished the LEC regular season tied for second last year.
UMD carried much of the play in the first 20 minutes, but the Panthers got on the board first. Junior Kristina Conroy (Wakefield, Mass.) picked up a loose ball in front of the Corsairs' net off a deflection and scored her third goal of the season. UMD evened the score a minute and 30 seconds later when junior Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, Mass.) fired a goal from the right side over the PSU goalie's right shoulder.
The Corsairs kept the ball on the Panthers' side of the field and continued to fire off shots in the second half. Junior Jacke Anderson (Medway, Mass.) scored the eventual game-winning goal five minutes into the second half on a scramble in front of the Panther goal.
PSU looked like they had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but the clock expired before the Panthers could muster a shot.
Sophomore Elyse Sedgley (Hopkinton, N.H.) made a season high seven saves in the Panther net. Senior captain Seana Golden (Somerset, Mass) had two saves for UMass Dartmouth.
Plymouth State will be on the road at Thomas this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. UMass Dartmouth will head to Tufts Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
By John Andersch, Student Assistant
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